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Michael Christman
Executive Director
Gavin Giddings

CDR Gavin Giddings, USNR(ret) grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He didn't have much sailing experience until coming to the US Naval Academy. While there, he was a member of the Varsity Offshore Sailing Team and sailed a number of long distance races, including the Newport-Bermuda, Marion-Bermuda, Onion Patch Series, Marblehead-Halifax and many other races. He graduated with the class of 1982 with a BS in Naval Architecture and was commissioned an Ensign. He was designated a Naval Aviator and flew the Grumman A-6E Intruder.

After leaving the active duty service, he continued in the Naval Reserves in a variety of roles. Meanwhile, Gavin was hired as a pilot at American Airlines, where he continues to work as a captain on the Boeing 737. He has flown the 727, 737, 757, 767, 777 and MD-80 aircraft. CDR Giddings lives in Annapolis, MD and has been a member of USNSA since 1982, when he was encouraged to join during a trans-Atlantic voyage on the '65 sloop Enterprise by former Executive Director Captain Bob Mcwethy. Gavin joined the board of directors about 15 years ago and took over as the Secretary/Treasurer of both USNSA and the Foundation three years ago.

Archita de Leon
Executive Assistant